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Extend Article 50 then oust Johnson? Or oust Johnson so as to guarantee the extension of Article 50? This week’s crucial question
How opposition parties can engineer a later general election, but get the election called before prorogation of Parliament
It CANNOT be settled on Saturday
The best #EUCO can agree is a draft. This doesn’t fulfil the requirements of the Benn Act
Deal or no deal, leave or remain, we’re being bounced. There’s no rational imperative to settle this on Saturday. A truly sovereign parliament should take its time
Reminder: if there’s an agreement at #EUCO it’s not going to be a final legal text. Voting on it 19 Oct in Commons doesn’t comply with Benn Act
Very high hopes in cabinet of a #Brexit deal at the European Council. Brexiteer minister tells me: ‘I am very hopeful. I am amazed at how well the PM has done and what he has achieved.’ More on Newsnight at 10.30pm @BBCNewsnight
A fascinating thread
And sorry, ambassadors, you’re going to have to stomach an extension. There’s no other way.
Michel Barnier told EU27 ambassadors important progress had been made on Brexit, but two sides not there yet.
Boris Johnson has made three big concessions to make this possible, but EU fears parliament could still block. EU27 have not seen the text. Time is running out.
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